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David Roberts (1796-1864)

Biography of artist David Roberts (1796-1864)

David Roberts (1796-1864) was born at Stockbridge, near Edinburgh, in 1796.

Roberts was apprenticed for seven years to a house painter, much of his spare time being occupied in sketching local architectural monuments. Roberts was engaged as a scene painter in 1822 at Drury Lane. He had a full and much respected career in this field until circa 1830 when he abandoned scene painting for architectural painting.

Roberts travelled extensively from 1831 visiting France, Spain and Tangier. Between 1838-39, Roberts visited the Holy Land and Egypt, making sufficient sketches to keep him working for the following ten years.

Much of his work was produced with the lithographer in mind.

In the early 1850s, Roberts toured Italy. He became well known as a topographer and for his architectural accuracy.

The results of his many travels exist not only in his oil paintings and watercolours but also in numerous prints, which brought him fame and fortune.

Roberts died in 1864.

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Lot FS29/379

Lot FS29/379: David Roberts[1796-1864] - 'Granada', Old Buildings on the Darro

David Roberts[1796-1864] - 'Granada', old buildings on the Darro - signed David Roberts and dated 1833 bottom left, inscribed Bridge of the Carbon, Granada Feb.15th 1833 bottom left watercolour over pencil, heightened with white 23.5 x 34.5cm *Note: An oil painting of this subject and dated 1834 is in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum. 44.5 x 59.5cm Ref. 175(0)The Corral Del Carbon [coal house] is the oldest monument left by the Arabs in Granada [14th Century]. It was used for warehousing.

Estimate: £1,800 - £2,500
Realised: £8,800